Hello, my name is Ivy and I'm addicted to yard sales.
My ultimate purchase at a yard sale was purchasing a cut-glass vase for a quarter and getting a working bread machine and a bread cookbook for free.
I am a firm believer that one person's trash is another person's treasure and yard sales are the ultimate recycling programs.
A few people are under the misconception only poor people go to yard sales or have them.
Besides saving money, yard sale shopping helps the environment. A purchase doesn't come wrapped in all that excess packaging and it's not going to end up in a landfill somewhere.
As for having a yard sale during these economic hard times, people can clear their clutter and get paid to do so.
Shoppers are also able to find unique and often personalized creative items that aren't available at the mall.
People really need to realize that although they might have bought something brand new, it's considered "used" the minute someone opens the package and takes their new purchase out to look at it.
I don't know if it's true, but my uncle always said the minute you drive a car off a parking lot it depreciates in value. In these hard economic times, I figure it's the same for any purchase.
The mystery of not knowing what you will find -- sometimes not even knowing what you are looking for -- and yet finding exactly what you want at an affordable price.
This is kind of hard to admit to those who might not share my affliction, but, every once in a while, I dream of going to yard sales.
Finding the ultimate item -- an old cookbook, a new pair of jeans for one of my kids, a DVD or some household item I've always wanted but couldn't afford to buy at a price that is pennies on the original dollar amount spent to purchase it -- is a rush for me.
Is that twisted or what?
The dreams usually come during the cold winter months, when no one plans yard sales and I can't get my fix.
Trips to auctions, antique and Goodwill stores and sometimes discount shopping outlets have to support my habit.
Although I am able to find a few economical treasures, it's just not the same.
After mapping out my travel route the night before to allow the maximum yard sale coverage, I love getting up early on Saturday mornings, piling the groggy members of my family in the car and setting out to find whatever is my fancy.
This shopping season I will be hunting for Xbox and PlayStation 2 games, DVDs, CDs, a few novels I've lost over the past two years, smaller sized clothing for myself, longer pants for my son who grew five-inches in four months, rugs and towels and many other necessary household items.
Bring on the yard sale ads, it's been a long cold winter and I'm chomping at the bit for warmer weather and going Mystery Shopping on Saturdays.